Due to the increasing number of nursing home neglect and abuse cases, it is important to pay attention to and notice the signs that our loved ones are the victims of negligent treatment. Upon discovering that our loved ones have been mistreated, it is reasonable to demand answers and accountability. The Chicago Injury Center’s nursing home abuse law team is dedicated to holding nursing care facilities to task when their actions or policies result in preventable injuries and undue pain and suffering. It is our hope that by holding these facilities accountable, future cases of abuse and neglect may be avoided.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Whether these injuries are the result of the inadequate training of staff members, understaffing, negligent policies or abuse at the hands of a staff member, visitor or another patient, it is unacceptable for nursing home patients to be subjected to abuse and or neglect. Following are the most common injuries caused by nursing home neglect and abuse.
Bedsores — caused by pressure placed against the joints from prolonged periods of inactivity, bedsores are preventable and treatable in early stages. The development of advanced stage bedsores and resulting medical complications is a sign of ongoing neglect. Should you notice that your loved one is suffering from bedsores, it is your right to demand answers and to pursue damages if you believe the nursing care facility is neglecting him or her.
- Broken bones— fractures may be the result of your loved one being dropped accidentally or a sign of abuse by a staff member, visitor or another resident in the facility. While accidents do occur from time to time, it is your right to investigate the cause of a broken bone and to pursue a case if you believe that the nursing care facility is at fault for the injuries.
- Medical complications — sudden medical complications can arise from the improper administration of medication, malnourishment, dehydration, unsanitary living conditions, infected bedsores or the failure to properly diagnose an illness or medical condition.
- Death — in severe cases, medical complications that arise from one of more injuries can result in the death of the patient. It is your right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if you believe that the actions of nursing home staff or the facility’s policies resulted in your loved one’s death.
The Chicago Injury Center’s dedicated team of nursing home abuse lawyers understands the anger and frustration you may feel if you have learned that your loved one has been neglected or abused. It is our ongoing mission to defend the rights of those who have needed to endure pain and suffering due to inadequate care, understaffing, negligent policies and abusive actions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who will evaluate the details of your case and let you know more about your rights and legal options. We will never require payment upfront and will never expect compensation unless we are able to recover funds on your behalf.